Robert Keen, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 September 1


abstractKeen writes to Whitaker about drafts he has received, and advises him to deal cautiously with Mason, who is travelling to Sheffield to speak with Occom.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperSingle small sheet is in good condition, with minimal staining, creasing and wear. The paper does appear to be somewhat speckled, which can occasionally be confusing with regard to punctuation.


noteworthyIt is uncertain to whom Keen refers when he mentions "Mr. Smith," however it is likely John Smith.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Mason Land Case

Dear Sr   
Yours of the Aug:st came safe to hand Enclosing  2 Draughts One for £100 — — — the other £103 — — and yours  of ye 22.d ult came safe one for £56 — — — — no doubt you recd mine acknowledgeg  ye receipt of ye former 3 ^draughts^ in one letter — but as I have them all now before  me they are One of £151..10..6 another of £40 and ye other of £15—  theſe Six draughts is the whole I've recd since your leaving England—­ indeed  it is wonderfull how the Lord opens the Hearts of people. I hope it is a  sure Token of the Work being his, and that He intends to bleſs it accordingly.  You have I suppose last week & ye week before, reced from M.r Oliver  a full supply of Narratives & Letters — I always send to him  immediately — — — — M.r Mason of Connecticutt & another or  2 is to set off To Morrow morning for Sheffield—­ to settle matters with  M.r Occom —­ I see no likelihood of his succeeding or indeed of ever  finishing ye matter he is come about, and Mr Smith with my Self & others  think he should not depend for Money on M.r Occom —­ nor any other way  on ye work we are engag'd in — he has had 40 Guineas of me & is so  neceſsitous, that he could dispence with 400 — — M.r Occom must be desir'd  to act cautiously, least he make himself a principal & disoblige Mr Wheelock  & all his Connecticut Friends —­ I don't write this out of any dislike to  M.r Mason but that M.r Occom & you might be carefull in all engagements 
I am D.r S.r in haste  Rob.t Keen 
P. S. Remember me to M.r Occom. I recd his letter  yesterday & read it to Mr Mason—­but I suppose he will [illegible][guess: be at] Sheffield as soon as this is. 
From mr Keen of  Sept. 1. 1767 about  6 bills he had recd